The Intro to Sailing lesson, added to the instruction program in 2009, is an exciting new addition to the Hoofer lesson flowchart. This is the first lesson that a student takes after Ground School and is a prerequisite for Tech A lessons and any Keelboat lessons (although not required for Windsurfing A). The purpose of this three-hour lesson is to get new club members on the water quickly to start the learning process and become acquainted with the basics of sailing before continuing lessons on other fleets.

The Intro to Sailing lesson includes one instructor to a maximum of six students all aboard the same boat, which is usually a Badger Sloop or small keelboat. While having fun on the water and getting to know some fellow Sailing Club members, you will learn rigging, sailing theory, parts of a boat, and will have the opportunity to take the helm and practice some basic sailing maneuvers. Most of the lesson time is spent on the water, and it's possible that you may get a bit wet, so please dress accordingly.

For those who have never sailed before, we recommend watching this short introductory video: